The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene prepares students to practice entry-level dental hygiene. Dental hygiene students will provide preventive and therapeutic services, and will develop a commitment to the community through extramural opportunities serving diverse populations. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline. Graduates are employed in private dental offices, hospitals, schools, and clinics within their community. The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611-2678 (312) 440-4653) grants accreditation to the Phoenix College, Rio Salado, and Mesa programs. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible for board examinations and licensure in all fifty states. Applicants who are accepted and enroll in a MCCCD Dental Hygiene program will be exposed to blood-borne and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
All General Education requirements are met by Program Prerequisites as indicated. Students should consult with an advisor in selecting courses to meet the General Education area.
Admission Criteria: A high school diploma or GED equivalency is required.
Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities.
Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the program.
Complete and submit the required proof of immunity and health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider.
Submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results.
Completion of program prerequisites.
Formal application and admission to the program is required.
Background Check Requirements:
Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.
The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway. Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
|Program Prerequisite||BIO156 or
|Introductory Biology for Allied Health or
General Biology (Majors) I
|OR 1 year of High School Biology. BIO156 or BIO181 may be waived if student has 1 year of High School Biology & CPR certification||4|
|Program Prerequisite||BIO202||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|Program Prerequisite||CHM138||Chemistry for Allied Health||3|
|Program Prerequisite||CHM138LL||Chemistry for Allied Health Laboratory||1|
|Program Prerequisite||EMT109||CPR for Health Care Provider||OR current CPR certification at health care provider professional rescuer level||.5|
|Program Prerequisite||First-Year Composition||Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area||6|
|Program Prerequisite||Oral Communication||Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area||3|
|Program Prerequisite||CRE101||College Critical Reading||OR equivalent as indicated by assessment. Course meets the General Education Oral Communication area||3|
|Program Prerequisite||MAT102||Mathematical Concepts/Applications||OR equivalent course or satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course. Course meets the General Education Mathematics area||3|
|Program Prerequisite||Humanities & Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area||3|
|Program Prerequisite||BIO201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||Course meets the General Education Natural Sciences area||4|
|Program Prerequisite||PSY101||Introduction to Psychology||Course meets the General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences area||3|
|Program Prerequisite||SOC101||Introduction to Sociology||Course meets the General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences area||3|
|RC||DHE120||Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||6|
|RC||DHE117||Dental Radiography||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||2|
|RC||DHE125||Dental Radiography Laboratory||(DHE117 and admission to the Dental Hygiene Program) OR permission of instructor||1|
|RC||DHE127||Prevention Of Dental Disease||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||3|
|RC||DHE115||Emergency Medicine||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program||2|
|RC||DHE121||Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Histology||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program||2|
|RC||DHE132||Dental Hygiene Theory I||(DHE120 or admission to the Dental Hygiene Program) OR permission of instructor||3|
|RC||DHE133||Dental Hygiene Clinic I||DHE120 AND admission to the Dental Hygiene Program||3|
|RC||DHE110||Pharmacology||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||3|
|RC||DHE119||Head And Neck Anatomy||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||3|
|RC||DHE201||Dental Materials||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||2|
|RC||DHE202||Dental Materials Laboratory||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||1|
|RC||DHE227||Dental Anesthesia||DHE119 AND current CPR certification||1|
|RC||DHE212||Dental Hygiene Theory II||DHE132 AND DHE133 AND admission to the Dental Hygiene Program||2|
|RC||DHE213||Dental Hygiene Clinic II||DHE132 AND DHE133 AND admission to the Dental Hygiene Program||5|
|RC||DHE112||Oral Pathology||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||3|
|RC||DHE225||Periodontics||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||3|
|RC||DHE232||Dental Hygiene Theory III||(DHE212 and DHE213), AND admission to the Dental Hygiene Program||2|
|RC||DHE233||Dental Hygiene Clinic III||(DHE212 and DHE213) , AND admission to the Dental Hygiene Program||5|
|RC||DHE219||Practice Management||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||2|
|RC||DHE229||Community Oral Health||Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program OR permission of instructor||3|
Successful completion of all courses in Terms 1, 2, 3, 4 at 77% or higher.
Prerequisites may be taken at anytime but the Required Courses (RC) are to be taken in a fixed block.
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